2022 Community Champions: Capital Area Tennis Association named CTA of the Year
On March 20, six advocates for the sport of tennis at the grassroots and local levels were honored as Community Champions at the 2022 USTA Annual Meeting and Conference. The “Celebration of Community Champions” luncheon was held at the Disney Beach and Yacht Club in Orlando, Fla.
WATCH: Capital Area Tennis Association named the 2022 CTA of the Year
The Capital Area Tennis Association (CATA) in Austin, Texas was selected as the Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the Year at the 2022 USTA Annual Meeting and Conference for its tireless dedication to growing tennis in the state at all levels.
Incorporated in 1974, the Capital Area Tennis Association has a geographic footprint of 50 miles surrounding Austin as a non-profit, community service tennis organization.
Through its dedicated memebership, CATA provides access to tennis through the many organized adult and junior leagues and tournaments it sponsors, as well as outreach programs which reach under-served populations, such as blind and special needs players, and children in after-school care.
CATA is composed of tennis enthusiasts who are dedicated to fostering national and international amateur sports competition through junior and adult programs that promote the sport and its benefits.
The organization currently serves more than 5,000 players a year through organized and recreational play.
“Fernando Velasco and the entire team at Capital Area Tennis Association have an undeniable passion and purposeful commitment to growing the game and changing lives,” said Craig Morris, USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis. “Their focus on impacting the youth in their community by instilling skills that will help them succeed on- and off-the-court is one of the many reasons they’re deserving of this award.”
The Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the Year award was established in 2002 to honor a CTA, a not-for-profit, volunteer-based tennis organization, for outstanding service in growing and developing the sport of tennis in its community. The award recipient is selected from 17 nominees, one from each of the USTA sections, by a panel of USTA Community Tennis Association Committee members.